Dental hygienists can make a great deal of money in their occupation. A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported by Dentistry IQ, reveals that the median survey for those in the dental hygiene profession was $70,210 in 2013.
Being a dental hygienist is hard work, but for those willing to put in the time and effort during school and when starting out work for the first time, the payoff may well be worth it.
A further analysis by RDH eVillage revealed that most students entering dental hygiene schools expect to make between $31,000 and $70,000, which indicates that colleges are keeping their students well educated about the prospects of the profession.
Additionally, 34 percent of dental hygienists work 30-35 hours a week and the average income bracket for those in the business is between $41,000 and $60,000.
The profession is obviously a good one for students to enter. It promises a long-lasting, sustainable job with room to expand. The possibility that a computer could be programmed or even trusted to do the work of a hygienist is very unlikely. And so there is much security in the work.
Teaching the next generation of dental hygienists
The question arises, how will the new generation of hygienists find a proper education? According to RDH magazine, there is a shortage of qualified teachers and mentors in the field. The reasons for this are many, and include the challenges that go along with teaching as a profession, as well as changes to the way colleges are run throughout the country.
To counteract this turn of events, it may be possible to reach a solution that benefits students and teachers alike. By providing incentives to switch from practicing as a professional hygienist to teaching it in schools, a new generation of dental workers can benefit along with the teachers who have made the choice to begin a new life in the educational field.
One thing that will always remain the same, no matter what kind of school is made for hygienists in the future, is that dental software will be of paramount importance to the education of new people. Although such software is user friendly, it is still highly sophisticated, and teaching it in schools will help students learn exactly how to transition from school to work. Teachers will also benefit from using this software because it will be the same as what they had been using since before becoming teachers. By sharing these commonalities, it makes the movement from school to work and from work to school that much easier.